U of North Dakota Policy Exploits Student Innovation (Opinion)

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On April 12, UND Administrator Michael Moore responded to my letter in which I wrote about the need to protect students’ intellectual property (“UND policies help student entrepreneurs prosper, thrive,” Page A4).

Moore’s letter defended the university policy, saying that UND already has an existing policy governing intellectual property rights that “was developed in coordination with the State Board of Higher Education’s policy.”

But the problem is not that the university lacks a policy regulating intellectual property. The problem is that the policy does not have students as its top priority.

The university is not merely stifling students’ creativity and innovation; the school has codified it.

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